The Columbian Exchange: How the New World Affected the Old


By Katie Lloyd

When Columbus left to try and find an easier route to India, he would not accomplish his goal. But what he would do is set off a chain of events that would affect the entire world, from exchanging goods to beginning a precedent of brutality to Indigenous populations. Scholars posthumously call this interaction the Columbian Exchange and define it as the process of biological globalization that occurred after the transatlantic voyages in the 15th and 16th century (McNeill, 2021). 


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